Hoy has 5 TDs, Lamar holds on for 38-24 upset win over UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Jordan Hoy threw for four touchdowns and ran for another — all in the first half — and Lamar held on to upset Central Arkansas 38-24 on Saturday.

Hoy hit Isaiah Howard in stride for a 77-yard touchdown pass to close out the first quarter with a 21-10 lead. He nailed Myles Wanza on a 25-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter and hit Mason Sikes from 40 yards out for his final touchdown toss with 1:27 remaining in the first half, to go ahead 35-16 at the break.

Central Arkansas closed to 38-24 early in the fourth. Lamar dodged three bullets late in the final quarter as UCA had first downs inside Lamar’s 30 three straight times but ran out of downs every time. Cameron Houston sacked Luke Hales on the final attempt to secure Lamar’s first win in seven tries against the Bears.

Hoy, who threw for 285 yards in the first half, finished with 346 yards.

Lamar has won four straight games after starting the season 1-4. The Cardinals (5-4, 4-3 Southland Conference) need one more win to post their first winning record since 2014.

Hales threw for 257 yards and a touchdown for UCA (5-4, 4-3).